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A tribute to the Spanish guitar

Spanish guitar

A spanish guitar -also know as classical guitar -, is a six-stringed guitar with nylon strings.  Spanish music is often associated with traditional styles such as flamenco and classical guitar.

The guitar is considered the most representative musical instrument of Spain. Throughout the centuries, the modern guitar (with six strings) has evolved principally from three sources: (1) the Arabic lute, (2) the vihuela, and (3) the Renaissance five-string guitar. The three most outstanding personalities involved in the development of the guitar are, in chronological order, Fernando Sor (of the 18th Century), Francisco Tárrega (of the 19th Century), and Andrés Segovia (of the 20th Century).

With the coming of the Renaissance, inspired in part by Moslem learning brought home by returning Crusaders, the lute become the favorite instrument of Western Europe.

In Spain however, the lute was already overshadowed by a new instrument, the guitar. Two types of guitar were played by the Pyrenees: the vihuela, in the court and among fashionable society, and the guitarra latina, by ordinary folk. The former had eleven strings, five double and one single, and was plucked. The latter had four double strings and was strummed. The vogue of the vihuela reached a peak in the first half of the sixteenth century when many composers wrote works for it. At about the same time a fifth string was added to the guitarra latina, which thereupon gained so rapidly in public favour that by the end of the century it had displaced its rival throughout most of the lberian Peninsula.

During the seventeenth century, as lute-playing declined in popularity, guitars began to find their way abroad to France, Germany and Italy, where the instruments were referred to as "Spanish Guitars".

Andrés Segovia

Andrés Segovia Torres, 1st Marquis of Salobreña, known as Andrés Segovia, was a virtuoso Spanish classical guitarist from Linares, Spain. He has been regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Many professional classical guitarists today are students of Segovia, or students of his students. Segovia's contribution to the modern-romantic repertoire not only included commissions but also his own transcriptions of classical or baroque works. He is remembered for his expressive performances: his wide palette of tone, and his distinctive musical personality, phrasing and style.


Carlos Montoya

Carlos García Montoya was a prominent Flamenco guitarist and a founder of the modern-day popular Flamenco style of music. His unique style and successful career, despite all odds, have left a great legacy for modern day Flamenco. 


Paco de Lucía

Paco de Lucía was a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, composer and producer. A leading proponent of the new flamenco style, he helped legitimize flamenco among the establishment in Spain, and was one of the first flamenco guitarists to cross over successfully into other genres of music such as classical and jazz. Richard Chapman and Eric Clapton, authors of Guitar: Music, History, Players, describe de Lucía as a "titanic figure in the world of flamenco guitar", and Dennis Koster, author of Guitar Atlas, Flamenco, has referred to de Lucía as "one of history's greatest guitarists".

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🐝 Fatima G. Williams

hace 4 años #26

I love guitars and it's so cool to learn about the spanish guitars. And Flamenco OMG He is a magician with the guitar in his hand. I love the guitar as most of my friends are pretty good at it and this is such a musical buzz and I just love it. All the musicians here are insanely fantabulous with the masterpiece in their hand. Wow I'm just wowed 🤗 Thank you Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee we would love to see you strike a few chords I'm sure you have one 😉😉😉😉

Nick Mlatchkov

hace 4 años #25

U're right, I had the pleasure of witnessing him in the studio during an unplugged session for TV more than 20 yrs ago! It's my first guess when I saw German.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #24

Sara Jacobovici this is the context Javi vs the Plow: Speculative Fiction https://www.bebee.com/producer/@paul-croubalian/javi-vs-the-plow-speculative-fiction By the way if you search "javi vs the plow" google show nice results 😂😂😂😂 Google is starting to fall in love with beBee

Sara Jacobovici

hace 4 años #23

Careful Paul \. Your response needs a context. Only after I read Javier's preceding comment did I get what you meant ;-)

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #22

Robert Bacal Canadians are very important for beBee. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to travel to know Canada !

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #21

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

hace 4 años #20

I had the honour and pleasure of hearing Segovia live in concert when I was living in Canada. It was a sound and experience I'll never forget.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #19

Sara Jacobovici I am happy you enjoy spanish guitarist. They are leyends. And Phil I agree ... bordes are set by humans... beBee flag will be made of diversity, multilingualism, and no barriers at all. The fact beBee was born in Spain is a simple coincidence. We are not better because we are americans , europeans , asians, oceanians or africans. It is very sad to see how human can be so stubborn.
Guitar music can cover a wide variety of genres and styles. Spanish guitar is the most beautiful, IMO. This is a very enjoyable buzz and beautiful music.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

hace 4 años #17

I went to a workshop from one of Segovia's students once, many years ago. Best music event I've attended...

Phil Friedman

hace 4 años #16

Years ago, I saw Andres Segovia in NYC. A memorable performance that said to me he belongs to the world, not just to Spain, Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee

Sara Jacobovici

hace 4 años #15

Bravo Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee! A most wonderful and enjoyable buzz. I enjoyed it tremendously!

Fran 🐝 Brizzolis

hace 4 años #14

Spanish guitar.... is the guitar!!!....

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #13

Lance \ud83d\udc1d Scoular thanks ! I saw birds tweeting .... and bees buzzing !!

Lance 🐝 Scoular

hace 4 años #12

Javier, you've really struck a🎼 cord with this Producer Honey🍯🎵🎶 The strains are buzzing through the Twittersphere now. 🐝🐝🐝

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #11

Music is healthy for your ears & brain & soul !

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #10

Thanks everybody for your comments ! Much appreciated !

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #9

Kevin Pashuk yes ! They were virtuoso spanish guitarist. It is well worth listening.

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

hace 4 años #8

Awesome buzz. People have improvised so much with the guitar , explored it . Paco is a legend. Thanks

John White, MBA

hace 4 años #7

I have the Friday Night in San Fransico album which was an amazing one-night-only collaboration between Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía.

Ken Boddie

hace 4 años #6

Thank you, Javier, for your comprehensive presentation of the history of the Spanish guitar and some well chosen examples of how it may be mastered. I am in awe of those you can play this instrument seemingly effortlessly, whereas I have only ever learned the unsubtle art of strumming a few chords in basic rhythm to the odd tune.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #5

Classical guitar strings are strings manufactured for use on classical guitars. While steel-string acoustic guitar strings and electric guitar strings are made of metal, modern classical guitar strings are made of nylon and nylon wound with wire, which produces a different sound to the metal strings. Classical guitar strings were originally made with animal intestine and silk wound with animal intestine up until World War II, when war restrictions led Albert Augustine Ltd. to develop nylon strings. Nylon guitar strings were put into production in 1948. Strings made from Fluorocarbon polymers have since been developed and are the main alternative to nylon strings.

Nick Mlatchkov

hace 4 años #4

Javier, has it always been with nylon strings?

Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez

hace 4 años #3

Muy bueno Javier y te da para otro.

Kevin Pashuk

hace 4 años #2

Thank you for thinking of me Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee... I do appreciate the artistry shown here. I would dearly love to be able to play like this.

Javier 🐝 CR

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